Rafters Run Past Chinooks

Rafters Run Past Chinooks

Aidan Brewer & Strong Rafters Pitching Lead to 6-3 win

MEQUON, Wis. – The Wisconsin Rapids Rafters have been hot to start this year.  However, Friday in the Rafters fourth straight win in the 2022 season, the Rats took their winning ways to a whole other level in their 6-3 victory over the Lakeshore Chinooks.

The Rafters were retired 1-2-3 to start the game.  Then, in the bottom of the first, Chinooks center fielder, Josh Williams, hit a homer that almost landed in Lake Michigan to give Lakeshore a 1-0 lead.  However, the Rats came storming back as they put up two in the second off of a Harry Owen RBI single and then a Levi Jensen bases-loaded walk to take a 2-1 lead.  Rafters starter Collin Kiernan began to find his stuff as he had a 1-2-3 bottom of the second. However, after a scoreless top third for the Rats bats, Kiernan gave up two more runs to the Chinooks as they took a 3-2 lead.

The Rafters took advantage of some inconsistent pitching and subpar defense in the top of the fourth to score three more runs, as the Rats took a 5-2 lead.  A newcomer from ETSU, Tommy Barth, hit a two-run double off of the wall that ignited the Rats bats halfway through the game.  The Rafters brought one more run across in the fifth when Aidan Brewer hit a ball that was bobbled by the shortstop that resulted in an E6 and Garrett Broussard scoring from third.  Collin Kiernan finished out his night dominant as well, as he went 10 up 10 down over his last 3.1 innings pitched.  Kiernan received the win while throwing six innings, recording four strikeouts, and giving up three runs.

Ben Adams threw two solid innings in the seventh and eighth, as he struck out three Chinooks and only gave up one hit.  Jake Dahle came in the ballgame in the night and recorded while only throwing seven pitches and striking out one Chinook.  Aidan Brewer was the Rats standout offensively, as he went 3-for-4 while picking up 2 RBI on the night.

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David Keech
Author: David Keech

David Keech is a math teacher in Wisconsin Rapids and public address announcer for Abbotsord High School. He officiates basketball, baseball, and softball in central Wisconsin. He has reported on amateur sports since 2011, known as 'KeechDaVoice.' David can be reached at [email protected]